At first glance, Tefal steam generator irons look pretty much like a conventional steam iron – maybe like a steam iron with a slightly larger base unit – but the overall appearance is much the same. It’s not until you take a closer look that you realise that the base unit is actual a water reservoir and boiler. The iron itself has no water in it. What initially looked like an electric flex into the iron is, in fact, a hollow tube which the steam generated in the base unit flows through.
The advantage of this over a conventional steam iron is that the base unit generates steam under high pressure – and a lot more of it than a traditional iron. This extra steam penetrates deeper into the fabric of whatever garment is being ironed. It means that it’s easier and faster to iron clothes and that the end result is better as well. Some people say that they have reduced the time that they need to iron by 75% – but 50% is commonly quoted.
Obviously if you have a large family and do a lot of ironing then a steam generator iron would be a good way for you to free up some time. Even if you don’t have a lot of ironing to do then you might think that a steam generator iron would be worthwhile – even if it only saves you an hour or two each week. Let’s face it, ironing is a necessary but pretty thankless task. Cutting the amount of time you spend doing it in half has got to be worth looking at!
Steam generator irons with high steam pressure can also be used vertically – to take the creases out of curtains and drapes, or even to freshen up a suit or jacket on a hanger.
They do tend to cost a little – but not too much – more than conventional steam irons. However, most people who use them swear by them and would never go back to using a standard iron. Have a look at our quick Tefal steam generator iron buyer’s guide and you’ll soon know what to look for and be able to spot a bargain when you see one.
On the subject of bargains, you can usually find Tefal steam generator irons on Amazon – often with a discount and usually with free delivery thrown in.